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Great blog by Michael Hyatt the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing on why you should write your goals down.
Michael Hyatt is author of the New York Times best selling book, Platform:Get Noticed in a Noisy World. AFFILIATE LINK
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Committing something to writing is not the secret to accomplishing a goal. Getting off our lazy self and taking action is the secret to accomplishing a goal. I can write it down everyday of the week but if I don’t get up and DO something about it, It wont get done. Now, can I be the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing? I wrote it down.
Tony, true but you have to know what that action is going to be. That’s where the writing, the plan comes in. Surely being a military man you believe in a plan.
‘Tony, Thanks for the comment and I agree that getting off of your butt and doing something is paramount to accomplishing anything. Surely though you being a former military man and a man of action you believe in a plan and that’s where writing it down is so important. Don’t just get off your butt willy nilly and do just whatever. Have a plan.
Brother Jeff, I do agree with your comments and I do not disagree with Hyatt. I guess I would place more emphasis on action. As I re-read the article and the major points:
Because it will force you to clarify what you want.
Because it will motivate you to take action.
Because it will provide a filter for other opportunities.
Because it will help you overcome resistance.
Because it will enable you to see—and celebrate—your
Hyatt uses point 2 to speak of action and makes it a sub point to motivates you to take action. The motivate does not come from writing it down but rather physically acting upon a desire.
As a military man I understand the dire importance of a written plan and not a June 25 goes by that I don’t think about Khobar Towers and the consequences of writing a plan and failing to take action.
I believe there is a place for both.
Good word Tony. You should write about experiences such as Khobar Towers. Seriously. I would read them and promote them. Maybe a book, maybe a blog maybe both.
Good word Tony. You should write about your experiences. Seriously.